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“I wasn’t born and raised to be a Ky­oto geisha. I wasn’t even born in Ky­oto. I’m a fish­er­man’s daugh­ter from a lit­tle town called Yoroido on the Sea of Ja­pan. In all my life I’ve never told more than a hand­ful of peo­ple any­thing at all about Yoroido, or about the house in which I grew up, or about my mother and fa­ther, or my older sis­ter and cer­tainly not about how I be­came a geisha, or what it was like to be one. Most peo­ple would much rather carry on with their fan­tasies that my mother and grand­mother were geisha, and that I be­gan my train­ing in dance when I was weaned from the breast, and so on.”

ARTHUR GOLDEN ME­MOIRS OF A GEISHA (1997)

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